Shocking video reemerges of teenager being brutally assaulted by a police officer at Mardi Gras as it’s revealed Sydney police took years to investigate and dismiss rogue officer
- Shocking footage has re-surfaced of teenager being brutally arrested in 2013
- Officer filmed throwing Jamie Jackson Reed, 18, to the ground with a leg sweep
- Charges against him dropped and police forced to pay $39,000 in legal costs
- NSW Police probe took three years to remove officer Leon Mixios from force
Shocking footage has re-surfaced of a teenager being brutally assaulted during an arrest at Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade – as it is revealed it took three years for the officer behind the rogue arrest to be dismissed.
The video of police arresting Jamie Jackson Reed, 18, went viral after it showed him being thrown to the ground with a leg sweep by New South Wales Police constable Leon Mixios in March 2013.
The footage showed the sobbing youngster saying repeatedly ‘I didn’t do anything wrong’ as the person behind the camera is told to stop filming the arrest.
Mr Reed was charged with assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest and using offensive language but those charges were later dropped.
Jamie Jackson Reed, 18, (pictured) was brutally slammed to the ground by a police officer in March 2013 – which went viral after video of the arrest was posted online
Mixios was put on office duty while the force carried out an investigation into the arrest but it took three years for him to be removed from the force, The Guardian reported.
The internal investigation ruled the officer – who was removed from his position under Section 181D of the Police Act – has used ‘unreasonable force’ in the arrest
NSW Police were also forced to pay Mr Reed $39,000 in legal costs.
Mr Jackson told 7News at the time of his arrest: ‘I didn’t deserve to be treated that way, that’s for sure.
‘It just got pretty heated and I’m just completely in shock about the whole thing, it could have been dealt with so much easier.
‘I’ve got nothing bad to say about the police but that one officer that was just standing on me in the video treating me like a piece of meat, that was just wrong.’
The brutal arrest sparked debate over whether a policeman can order someone to stop filming an arrest.
The handheld footage showed the sobbing youngster saying repeatedly ‘I didn’t do anything wrong
Then-New South Wales Assistant Commander Mark Murdoch said not only did the public have a right to do so, but he encouraged it.
Mr Murdoch said an officer who told one witness to stop filming ‘cos I said so’, will be pulled aside and reminded of police protocol which encourages the public to film police.
He said: ‘It is the right of the community to film anyone in a public space.
‘Police need to be mature enough to know everyone on the street has a mobile phone and that anyone has the right to record anyone in a public space.’
On Monday a 16-year-old Aboriginal boy was kicked to the floor during an arrest sparking a New South Wales Police investigation.
Pictured: Mr Reed being pinned to the ground during the arrest. New South Wales Police constable Leon Mixios was put on office duty while the force carried out an investigation into the arrest but it took three years for him to be removed from his role
He suffered a chipped tooth and bruising over his body after he was thrown to the ground by a white police officer.
Police have suspended the officer involved pending an investigation by officers from the Professional Standards Command.
It comes amid widespread protests over the death of African-American man George Floyd – who died after a policeman put his knee on his neck for eight minutes.
A post-mortem found Mr Floyd’s death was a homicide, with his cause of death being ‘cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression’.
All four of the officers allegedly involved in George Floyd’s death have now been charged and face 40 years behind bars.